Do the Chinese think the Abhidharmakosakarika is interesting? It is a Buddhist text discussing the atomism of Buddhism in Sarvastivada Buddhism and Sautrantika Buddhism. Sarvastivada Buddhists say that atoms exist in the past, present and future. But Sautrantika Buddhists say that atoms can only last for split moments. I think this text is only available in Chinese. I really want to read it! 😭
I must say even a Buddihist in China may not be familar to these Buddihist text, because they are a part of 部派佛教, which is a transition between original Buddihism and Mahayana Buddhism, and it had its 300-year prosperity in China from 4th century to 6th century. In and after Tang dynasty, the Buddihism spreading across the China is Mahayana Buddhism, so Sarvastivada is progressively unrecognized in China. the Chinese text of Abhidharmakosakarika translated by Master Xuanzang could still be found online, but the number of reading ones are scarce.
@Daniel_Christian these words are too hard to understand even for a Chinese like me. and for some essential Mahayana Buddihst text in China, there are lots of explanations while rare people choose to study Abhidharmakosakarika.
it seems that you are very interested in Buddism and wanna learn more of it in China, but actually Chinese Buddihism has been so different from the origin. I wonder why you wanna study it as Buddhism is not a widespread religion in Western counties.
@lancess yeah i like the Abhidharma a lot but I like the Madhyamka a lot too which is in China a lot. I was a philosophy major as an undergrad but only in western philosophy. But now I’ve breached out mode studying asian philosophy and I think that will give me better career options.
@Daniel_Christian haha not really, I have interests in religions and some of my elders influenced me as Buddhism is one of the most three influencial religions in China, but I dont study its philosophy, it's just a way for me to find inner peace.
@Daniel_Christian wish you find what you want, Buddhism has split into several sects in China and some of them absorbed something from Confusionism and Taoism, like Chan (or Zen) sect, actually we have eight main sects nowadays, and their texts are easy to find in Chinese search engine. if you have other questions, glad to help.😂
I think it belongs to Hinayana and that's why provabaly it is not getting much popularity in modern China since Mahayana had long become the mainstream of Chinese buddhism. The latter believes in helping others, not just the salvation of one's self like in Hinayana